elections, in protest against the Iraq war, so letting in BNP candidates,
BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.
year - mainly in Labour-controlled authorities in the north of England,
Today said. It is contesting half the seats up for election in Oldham.
Oldham's Labour mayor, Riaz Ahmed, told the programme he was worried about
turnout. 'We are working extremely hard to make sure people come out and
vote on the local issues,' he said. 'We would appeal to the people that the
only way they can keep the BNP out is to come out and vote.'
In Calderdale the BNP is contesting eight of the 18 seats up for election.
Calderdale MBC's Conservative group leader, John Ford, said the BNP was
using the false argument that the council was spending more money on Asian